Castle Yard Riot 1865-6

Castle Yard Riot 1865-6

On 3rd October 1865 the townsfolk forcibly asserted their longstanding public right of access over Castle Yard, which had been denied them by Sr. John Simpson of Castle Lodge. In April 1866 at Leeds Assizes 11 local men were convicted of Riot and jailed for 3 months. They were James Fletcher (62), who died in prison, Thomas Johnson (61), George Renton (20), Henry Dixon (61), William Ransom (48), Thomas Mawson (54), John Winterburn Mason (17), William Proctor (56), Thomas Barker (22), Peter Robinson (19) and Joseph Kearton (18). Public funds were raised to support their relatives. The men returned as heroes and the land was given back to the town.